The Department of English offers programs in English studies leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. At the doctoral level, students may elect a research emphasis in Writing History and Theory and a coursework concentration in Creative Writing. The department provides advanced training in English studies; it devotes significant time and resources to preparing students for academic positions at colleges and universities, for related work in higher education, and for nonacademic careers. Our programs typically offer:
Candidates for graduate work in English should present an undergraduate major in English or a minimum of 18 semester hours of English (or its equivalent) beyond the freshman level. In some cases, students will be required to make up deficiencies without graduate credit. The department requires all candidates for admission to submit their scores on the general aptitude sections (Verbal, Quantitative, Analytic Writing) of the Graduate Record Examination. Candidates are also required to submit a writing sample, consisting of at least 15 pages of academic writing.
A maximum of six semester hours of transfer credit will be accepted towards the MA from another institution, provided they were earned in graduate-level courses, with the approval of the department and the Dean of graduate studies. Such courses must have been taken within five years of matriculation at Case Western Reserve University and passed with grades of B or better. Transfer credit is not normally accepted at the PhD level.
New and continuing graduate students may apply for graduate assistantships, which are awarded by the dean on recommendation of the department. Teaching is viewed as an essential part of the education of graduate students aspiring to academic posts, and is required of all students working under assistantships.
Ohio Board of Regents’ Advisory Committee on Graduate Studies
Review of University Doctoral Programs
Last program review: 2015
Next scheduled program review: 2023
Goals and objectives revised: 2015